Seller Tips

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Kitchen Renovations Offer Homeowners the Largest Returns

The average U.S. kitchen remodel costs $65,000 and recoups $40,000 at the time of sale, a return on investment of 62 percent.

Economic Straight Talk: Why Do Bay Area Homeowners Sell, and Where Do They Move?

So why aren’t California homeowners selling their properties as often as they once did?

What Color to Paint Your Home’s Exterior? White Is the No. 1 Pick of Buyers.

What’s the best color to paint the exterior of your home if you’re looking to put it on the market?

Lawn Care: Know the Difference Between Not Enough and Too Much

Springtime is in full gear, and so is the temptation to tackle your lawn. Heed these warnings.

San Francisco Homeowner Remodeling Spend Is Among the Nation’s Highest

U.S. home-remodeling spend has surpassed its previous peak, as owners in metro areas like San Francisco, spare no expense on upgrades.

More U.S. Workers Are Telecommuting Amid Traffic Woes

Home sellers with an office space or a bonus room will likely find it an increasingly attractive amenity to buyers, as the number of Americans who telecommute is on the rise.

Pets Have a Big Say in the Homes We Buy, Sell, and Remodel

A new report from the National Association of Realtors shows just how far we’ll go to keep our pets happy.

Home Amenities More Important Than Size, Buyers Say

A recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders found that more than two-thirds of home buyers are willing to accept less living space in exchange for specific amenities.

How Long Will This Take? A Look at Major Home-Renovation Projects

Here’s a short guide on what timelines to expect for some common home-renovation projects.

New Year Resolutions for Homebuyers and Sellers

Maybe you’ve been thinking about buying a home in 2017 — or selling one. Now is a good time to set some realistic goals!

Update Your Bathroom Without Breaking the Bank

You don’t need to spend a lot of time or money to make changes to your bathroom that will make you feel like you have a new space.

Suburban Communities Fit the Bill for Millennial Homebuyers

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of millennials are suburbanites, and most of them are buying their first homes in these types of communities.

Something Winter This Way Comes: Tips for Protecting Your Home

Check out these tips for winter-proofing your home to prepare for the seasonal storms, which have already started.

What’s the Value of Your Home? It Depends on Who’s Doing the Estimating

Owners’ estimates of home values rarely match the estimates of professional appraisers.

Visualize! : Using Virtual Tools When Remodeling

Virtual reality is developing quickly and in five to ten years it will be an integrated part of people’s lives.

Springtime Beckons. So Does Your Backyard.

With springtime here, now is a good time to start planning those backyard improvements.

Homeowners Open Up to Open Kitchens

Almost half of all homeowners who recently renovated their kitchens were motivated by the desire to open it up to surrounding rooms.

Latest Home Design Trends Are Familiar in the Bay Area

Experts have confirmed what we in California have known all along: The Golden State continues to lead the way with the latest home-design trends.

Winter Storms Are Coming. Are You Ready?

There is no debate about the strength of the El Niño weather patterns this winter. The steps you take now will greatly improve your chances of weathering the storms high and dry.

Is Your Home Properly Insulated? Are You Sure?

90 percent of American homes don’t have enough insulation. Increased home insulation reportedly would also reduce levels of carbon dioxide and other pollutants.

Today’s Smart-Home Devices Add Convenience, Value

There are plenty of reasons to incorporate smart-home technology into your life — especially greater home resale value.

Nearly 1/2 of California Homeowners Removing Lawns in Response to Drought

Home owners in drought-stricken California are nearly three times as likely to remove their lawn during an outdoor home-improvement job.

In California, Water Conservation Begins at Home

Whether you are a home buyer or a seller, water conservation will increasingly be a part of your real estate discussions — and decisions.

March is a Busy Month for Buyers and Sellers. Are You Ready?

March is one of the busiest months of the year for Northern California home buyers and sellers. Are you ready for the springtime real estate rush?

Plan Ahead to Make Your New-Year Real Estate Resolutions a Reality

Follow these sensible steps to help make your 2015 real estate resolution a reality.

November May Be the Perfect Time to Sell Your Home

Several studies show that, on average, homes listed in November and December are more likely to sell, and at a quicker pace and closer to asking price.

What’s the Right Asking Price for Your Home?

Setting the right asking price depends on a variety of practical factors.

The 10 Best San Francisco Neighborhoods for Home Sellers

Find out which specific neighborhoods San Francisco home sellers could expect to rake in the highest premiums.

Drought Conditions Call for Special Attention to Landscaping

Sustainable landscaping is much more than simply choosing a desert motif and packing your yard with cacti and succulents.

Curb Appeal Starts With a Smartly Painted Home

A smartly painted home will catch the eye of a prospective buyer before anything else.

Spring Home-Maintenance Checklist

Although the Bay Area enjoyed an unseasonably warm winter with fewer than average storms, that doesn’t necessarily mean your home emerged unscathed.

The 7 Best Improvements to Make Your Home Sell Faster

Some home-improvement projects will go a long way in helping your property stand out above others.

Some Remodeling Projects Pay Off Better Than Others

If you’re thinking of making improvements before putting your home on the market, the National Association of Realtors suggests you focus on outdoor projects first.

Spotlight on Sellers: They’re Eager to Buy Again

After regaining equity in their homes last year, sellers are eager to get back into the market again.

Twelve Tips for Selling Your Home in the Winter Months

In today’s super-heated Bay Area real estate market, eager home buyers are on the lookout year-round. When other homes are temporarily off the market, yours will be the center of attention.

Most-Popular Features in Luxury Homes Change With the Times

The shifting sands of consumer tastes are revealed in the latest “lab report” from Trulia, which examined the last two years of luxury-home listings to see what amenities are trending up and down.

Moving? Plan Ahead for Your Pet’s Welfare

Days of confusion as your home is packed up are followed by the move itself, ending in unfamiliar surroundings at the new home. It’s no wonder if your dog or cat is freaked out by the whole experience.

The Sun Is Shining, but It’s Never Too Early for Home-Winterization Projects

Winter is waiting in the wings, and all those home-maintenance and winterizing projects you set aside during the summer months still need to be completed before the rain and cold of December hits.

Looking for Home-Improvement Ideas? Consider Upgrading to a ‘Smart Home’

Never mind painters and interior designers. Your next remodeling job at home may call for technology consultants.

Cigarette Smoke Snuffs Out Higher Home Prices

If health warnings haven’t been able to get you or a loved one to quit smoking, maybe financial incentives–we’re talking tens of thousands of dollars–will do the trick.

Seismic Retrofitting: The Nuts and Bolts of Securing Your Home

While most Californians likely push the possibility of an earthquake to the back of their minds, potential seismic activity is an inevitable fact of life in the Bay Area. That’s why it’s essential for homeowners to know whether their house could indeed withstand an earthquake and take the necessary precautions to protect their family and property.

One-Fifth of New Homes are ‘Green’

“Green” homes are quickly moving into the mainstream of the housing industry as component costs drop and consumer interest continues to grow.

Bay Area Included in Study That Links Public Transit With Stable Property Values

Living near a public transit line can be a desirable perk in crowded cities, but a recent study revealed that it also helps keep home prices stable.

Digital Tools Make Home Inventories Easy

Whether you are preparing to move or happily settled, it’s important to keep an inventory of your household possessions.

Planning an Open House? The Right Scent May Help You Sell Your Home

Sellers preparing their home for an open house may be tempted to put a batch of cookies in the oven, following the conventional wisdom that the smell of baked goods will make buyers feel at home – and more likely to buy.

2013: Timing Is Right for Bay Area Sellers

The Bay Area’s real estate markets are poised for a busy year ahead.

Planning to Sell? Get Cleaning, Get a Stager.

The decision to sell your home may come after many months of deliberation, but once you’ve made the decision and have talked with a real estate professional, give yourself some additional time to prepare the property.

Finally a Good Time for Sellers?

Market dynamics are setting the stage for an amazing post-Super Bowl selling season, absent one critical ingredient. Sellers are now encouraged to join the party! In all six Bay Area counties served by Christie’s/PUI, properties under contract are growing at accelerating and exciting rates.